Elizabeth Burgner

Elizabeth Bergner, Co-Founder and Board Member

A Tennessee native, Elizabeth had a 20+-year career  in Customer Service and Account Management  before leaving the corporate world to pursue her passion for animal welfare full-time in 2004.   She spent most of her spare time fostering, bottle-feeding, and holding adoption events with several small rescue groups prior to becoming a founding member of Companion Animal Rescue League (CARL) in 2003,. Recognizing the lack of available spay/neuter resources in her home county of Gwinnett, in 2009 she co-founded Planned PEThood of Georgia. CARL remained a well-respected rescue group and later merged into Planned PEThood. Elizabeth’s emphasis has always been on outstanding customer service, collaboration with other organizations, and accommodation of clients’ individual needs. When presented with a challenge, particularly one involving an animal in need, her usual response is “We’ll figure it out.” Elizabeth and her husband, Cliff Brown, are the proud pet parents of a rescued dog who is very smart for her breed, and several cats.

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Dr. Jennifer Odum

Dr. OdumBefore coming to Planned PEThood in 2015, Dr. Odum served as the veterinarian at local Atlanta municipal shelters for 7 years. Dr. Odum’s years of service at local area shelters, make her one of the most experienced shelter veterinary medicine practitioners in the Atlanta area. Dr. Odum also has extensive experience in both cruelty/neglect cases and forensic exams and served from 2011 to 2014 as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Extension Service Law Enforcement Training Institute/National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. Dr. Odum has been in the veterinary field since 1995 and earned her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.

Dr. Odum oversees medical policy and procedure for our veterinary team at our Duluth Spay/Neuter Clinic, Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement, and for our rescue operations. In her down time Dr. Odum spends time with her husband and three children.

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Dr. Christina Simpson

Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. After working in general practice for three years, she joined our team at Planned PEThood. When Dr. Simpson isn’t working, she enjoys the company of her husband, two dogs, Zeke and Pepper, and her newly adopted kittens Maybelline and Dior.

Read more about Dr. Simpson in this wonderful blog story.

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Jess Wood

Meet the newest member of our team, Jess Wood! Jess will be taking on the newly developed role of Volunteer Coordinator, a position we have been dreaming about for years!
By her own admission, Jess loves living in chaos. She has 3 children, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. Whew! She worked in rescue for the past five years with another organization, and before that she worked at a veterinary clinic. She is pictured with Kai, her soulmate kitty.
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Lauren Frost

Lauren Frost, Development DirectorSince college Lauren has been working to help cats and dogs, even creating a spay/neuter transport program for people without vehicles while attending the University in Georgia. Over the past ten years, Lauren has used her degree in Public Relations to help local shelters and rescue groups. In the past she has worked in fundraising, marketing, and managerial roles at other organizations including managing the merger between Furkids Animal Rescue and Small Dog Rescue in 2014. Now, Lauren manages grant opportunities, donor relations, and special events for Planned PEThood of GA. “Planned PEThood tackles pet overpopulation from all angles. It isn’t just a band-aid. We are actually solving problems which I LOVE!” When she isn’t working Lauren spends time with her dogs, cats, and young daughter. They are big movie enthusiasts, and Dawg Fans!

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Tanya Weaver

Tanya began working with Planned PEThood as a volunteer with her son. Since then she has worked in various positions around the clinic including receptionist, kennel assistant, and floater. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 15 years. In her spare time she loves hiking, running, and traveling. A big part of her life is also fostering cats and kittens for Planned PEThood.

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